Justin Randall Timberlake
is an American pop artist and actor who was born on January 31, 1981 and has been working since 1996. He is a former member of the late 1990s Boy Band *NSYNC
and a sensation among the teenaged female demographic. He has won six Grammy Awards as well as four Emmy Awards. He got his big break when he appeared as a contestant on Star Search, and went on to star in Disney Channel's television series The New Mickey Mouse Club
where he met future bandmate JC Chasez. (1998-present)
In 2002, he released his debut solo album, Justified
, which sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. The album spawned the hits "Cry Me a River" and "Rock Your Body". Timberlake continued his success with his second solo album, FutureSex/LoveSounds
(2006), debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and produced the US number-one hit singles "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around". He also lent his 2003 song "I'm Lovin' It" to McDonald's
for their current advertisement campaign of the same name, cementing his legacy early on.
Timberlake's first two albums made him one of the most commercially successful singers in the world, selling a combined 16 million copies (in addition to his 55 million albums sold with *NSYNC). His music remains popular, due in no small part to his pretty-boy appeal. His third album, 2013's The 20/20 Experience
, also sold nearly a million units in its first week. His fourth album, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)
, was released on September 30, 2013. The first single of the album, "Take Back the Night", was released on July 12, 2013, and sparked some controversy due to the song's title sharing the same title of an anti-rape foundation, and they noted the song itself isn't exactly anti-rape
Aside from music, he has also begun an acting career, while his other ventures include record label Tennman Records, music production team The Ys, fashion label William Rast
, and the restaurants Destino
and Southern Hospitality
. He has also played roles in movies
, such as Shrek the Third
, Friends with Benefits
, and The Social Network
, the latter of which garnered much acclaim for his portrayal of Sean "Napster" Parker. As his appearances on the Nickelodeon
Kids' Choice Awards of past years have shown, music and theatrics are not his only talents
, for better or worse. He has also produced a number of popular collaborations with both Andy Samberg and the full troupe of The Lonely Island
, including the viral song/video "Dick in a Box."
- Justified (2002)
- FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
- The 20/20 Experience Pt. 1 (2013)
- The 20/20 Experience Pt. 2 (2013)
- Justified: The Videos (2003)
- Live from London (2003)
- FutureSex - Loveshow – Live from Madison Square Garden (2007)
- Justified And Lovin' It World Tour (2002)
- Justified & Stripped American Tour (2003) (With Christina Aguilera)
- Futuresex - Loveshow world tour (2007)
- Legends Of The Summer Stadium Tour (2013)(with Jay-Z)
- The 20/20 Experience world tour (2013-2014)
Tropes related to Mr. Timberlake:
- Badass Boast: "Chop Me Up" and "Sexy Ladies", which are about how he can get any girl.
- Bowdlerization: He performed "Rock your Body" at the 2003 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, but obviously could not use it in wholesale form.
- Breakup Breakout: Former NSYNC-er
- Break Up Song: Most of Justified are these, considering what happened to his relationship with Britney.
- The Casanova: He has hooked up with Fergie, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Alyssa Milano, Spice Girls' Emma Bunton, and Cameron Diaz before dating (and marrying) Jessica Biel.
- The Cast Show Off: His character in Friends with Benefits and Bad Teacher have moments of this due to his music career.
- Darker and Edgier: The second half of The 20/20 Experience seems to be about the darker side of life, song titles and music video wise. "TKO" and "Take Back The Night" are darker then the first half. Justified is darker than his work with *NSYNC as well, due to the above Creator Breakdown.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: The first 33 seconds of "Pusher Love Girl".
- Epic Rocking: "Lovestoned" (album version 7:23), "What Goes Around...Comes Around" (album version 7:28), "Pusher Love Girl" (8:02), "Don't Hold the Wall" (7:11), "Strawberry Bubblegum" (8:00), "Tunnel Vision" (6:48), "Spaceship Coupe" (7:17), "Let the Groove Get In" (7:12), "Mirrors" (album version 8:06), and "Blue Ocean Floor" (7:23).
- Erotic Eating: In "Carry Out", which consists solely of fast food related innuendos.
- Gasshole: Won "Best Burp" at the 2003 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
- Hall of Mirrors: Aptly used to great effect in the second half of the "Mirrors" music video.
- Intercourse with You: "Sexyback", "Lovestoned", "Chop Me Up", "Damn Girl", "Take Me How", "Like I Love You", "Rock Your Body", "Futuresex/Lovesound", "Signs", "Ayo Technology", "Dick in a Box", "4 Minutes", "Love Sex Magic", "Carry Out", "The Golden Rule", "Strawberry Bubblegum", "Take Back the Night".
- Lampshade Hanging: "Sexy Ladies" is a general lampshade to his immense attractiveness, and his The Casanova-like luck with ladies. (And his luck with groupies also, while romancing Britney Spears...allegedly)
- Lighter and Softer: FutureSex/LoveSounds was arguably lighter on the break up tunes of Justified.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Mirrors" is one example.
- Mr. Fanservice: He was a lot of young women's first crush and his first and second albums were aiming to be sexy.
- New Sound Album: Justified was R&B/Pop, FutureSex/LoveSounds was Dance/Electric/Pop, and The 20/20 Experience is Pop/Neo-Soul
- Obligatory Bondage Song: "Sexyback".
- The Perfectionist: While discussing the process of making The 20/20 Experience, he said he was the one person who wanted to redo every song, a thousand times, to make sure it's the perfect comeback album. Allegedly, he did his research regarding his appearance in Elton John's video for "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore". At least, that's how Sir Elton explained how spot-on Timberlake was in his role as Elton John. While at a Memphis Soul workshop at the White House, he revealed that while in NSYNC, after every performance he would watch videos of his performance in order to improve
- Piss Take Rap: Utterly, utterly averted, he is actually pretty damn good at it, check it out .
- "Chop Me Up" is also a valid proof of his talent at rapping.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Rock Your Body (Instrumental)" for the 2003 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
- He specifically wrote "I'm Lovin' It" for McDonald's.
- Red Baron: Justin's Heterosexual Life Partner Jimmy Fallon attempted this on Justin's behalf at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and referred to him as "The President Of Pop." It didn't quite catch on.
- Stealth Pun: "Carry Out" is Intercourse with You with fast-food metaphors. Y'know, eating out.
- Subdued Section: "Another Song" as the last track off "Futuresexlovesound", and his habitual breakdowns in his songs such as "Lovestoned", "Mirrors", "Tunnel Vision" and "What Goes Around Comes Around".
- Take That: did his fair share at Britney Spears. "Cry Me A River", "Last Night", "Worthy Of", and a few choice words in a few interviews.
- "What Goes Around...Comes Around" is allegedly about Elisha Cuthbert, who had been in a long-term relationship with his best friend.
- Janet Jackson and Prince also got a Take That in his song he did for Timbaland's first Shock Value album. (Give It to Me)
- Self-Backing Vocalist: Used quite a lot on studio albums, alongside backing vocalists.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: "Suit & Tie" exemplifies this, though Justin has been prominently wearing sharp suits since at least 2005.
- Silly Love Songs: "Until the End of Time", "My Love", "Like I Love You", "Take It from Here" and "Mirrors".
- Smoking Is Cool: In the music video for "Suit & Tie", Justin smokes a Cuban cigar in slow motion, in black and white, while in a sharp suit, as Jay-Z is rapping.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: After starting his solo career.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Cry Me A River" and the majority of the Justified album.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Former boy bander and producer, then a solo singer songwriter hit pop artist and now dedicated serious actor, Saturday Night Live host (as of 2013, he's a member of the Five Timers' Club) and designer.
- Workaholic: Has been touring non-stop for two years (2012-2013) and extended his tour to the end of 2014 with only just a month or two off in between.